Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Houston, United States--15 September 1959

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 3 December 2017

Date: 15 September 1959

Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Type of event: criminal


Paul Orgeron entered Poe Elementary School, Houston, Texas, and asked about enrolling his 7-year-old son but had no relevant documents, with which he promised to return. He returned to the school playground with his son a few minutes later, about 8:30 AM, carrying a briefcase containing about six sticks of dynamite, and gave a threatening note to a teacher. The teacher called for assistance from other staff and began moving students to safety. When Orgeron was confronted by the school principal and a custodian, he detonated the explosives, killing himself, his son, two other 7-year-old students, a teacher and the custodian. Those injured included 17 children ages 6 to 10 and the school principal.

Consequences: 4 killed, 5 injured


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